I was not prepared for the stories. When I had imagined the Siesta SMT Celebration, I guess I hadn't thought much about the conversations I would have. It just never crossed my mind.
I had imagined that the Celebration would take center stage this past weekend, but it didn't. It was the stories. Over and over, again. Each Siesta I met... had a story. And she was more than willing to share it with her "new found BFFs"... her Siestas in Christ. To share where she had been. What pit she had been lifted out of. And what joy she found by being delivered by the Father. And how memorizing the scriptures last year became more than a goal... but a necessity.
Some might have walked into the Celebration meeting room and thought to themselves that there were 508 women who have figured it all out... and have "it" all together. Their excitement... joy for the Lord... love for each other. But you know what... the don't have it all together, but what they do have is a daily dependence on the Lord and a desire to walk in His ways... and so they commit His Word to memory to get through each day… because they have come to the conclusion that the only way they are getting through each day... is with God.
And perhaps you are wondering why this matters to you? Because I know that you have your own pit. You are struggling. You keep trying. You talk it over and over. You read different books and listen to podcasts and maybe even go to church. But nothing is helping. You are still addicted… or you are still in a loveless marriage… or you are still a single mom with no help… or you have been hurt by “the church”… or you left the ministry… And nothing is working. The pain is still there. And you… well, maybe… maybe you are just desperate enough to try anything.
My soul is weary with sorrow;
strengthen me according to your word.
Psalm 119:28So I invite you to join me... in memorizing scripture. Just two verses a month. The 1st and the 15th of each month. You pick the verses. And even if you are unable to memorize scripture, I challenge you to find a verse and write it down in a spiral and carry it with you... and turn to it before... during... and after you are in the pit of despair.
Because all I know is that this past weekend, I met someone like you... who had been where you have been... and who has had her own turnaround... and has found her strength by relying daily upon God and His Word.
And in January of 2011, we'll have our own celebration. Pink boas and all.